Casino al Pigneto del Marchese Sacchetti (Book 10) (Day 8) (View C1)
The view is based on a drawing by Pietro da Cortona the architect
of the Casino, because the actual building was already abandoned and some
parts of it had fallen. Vasi admired to the same extent Pietro da Cortona,
Bernini and Borromini. Pigneto (today pineta) means pine-wood. The small late XIXth century map below shows (green dot) Torre di Niccolò V in the Vatican and
1) site of Casino Sacchetti; 2) site of S. Giovanni Battista degli Spinelli.
The Casino was built at the foot of Monte Mario, the hill north of
the Vatican. The view is taken from the Castle of Belvedere
(today part of the Vatican Museums). The Casino was located on the left
part (in the picture) of the hill. A portion of the pine-wood still exists
and gives the name to a small railway station (Pineta Sacchetti).
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